Led by award-winning LSE faculty from the #1 university Finance department in Europe*, this course will demystify the language of finance for rising and senior executives.

*QS World University Rankings By Subject 16/17

Many executives ascend to positions of great responsibility with less knowledge of finance than they desire. This essential programme is an expertly designed overview of the crucial frameworks and tools of modern corporate finance. Over five intensive days, this programme breaks down the barriers faced by managers and directors, and equips participants with tools that are immediately applicable in any organisation. The Finance for Executives course at the LSE empowers executives to use financial tools to make better decisions and become even greater assets to their organisation.

Programme benefits

  • Develop the skills required to critically assess the financial health and needs of your firm
  • Understand and practice how to allocate financial (and other) resources optimally
  • Confidently evaluate major investment projects and entire companies
  • Assess the attractiveness of investments through discounted cash flow (DCF) modelling and analysis
  • Communicate more effectively with the finance function in your own organisation
  • Communicate on a level-playing field with key sources of outside financing such as lenders and shareholders. 


Course description

This is a highly interactive course which combines lectures, case studies, exercises, spreadsheet modelling and classroom discussions to provide a focused introduction to the tools of high-level corporate finance.



No advanced quantitative skills are required, but participants should have some familiarity with Microsoft Excel or similar tools.

Course suitability           

This executive course is suitable for:

Mid to senior level executives in general management, corporate planning, strategy, marketing and sales, operations, research and development and other functional areas. The course can develop the skills of senior managers and directors within a broad range of organisations; from start-ups through to multinationals, NGO’s, government bodies and public sector services.

What's included in the fee?

The fee for this executive course includes: all LSE tuition, course materials, daily lunches, coffee breaks, two complimentary networking events with fellow senior participants and full office support. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the week.


Leaders in their field

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Professor Dirk Jenter

Professor Jenter's academic research focuses on the interaction of managers and firms with capital markets, on corporate governance, and on the evaluation and compensation of top executives. His analysis has been featured in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Financial Executive Magazine, Smart Money, and on CNN. Jenter has also been commended for his excellent teaching standard. He won the MIT Sloan Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the MIT Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2014, and the Stanford MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. 

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Professor Daniel Ferreira

Aside from more than a decade’s worth of senior-level teaching experience here at the LSE in London, Professor Daniel Ferreira has previously taught at universities in Sweden, Portugal, and Brazil. During his current tenure at LSE, he has also undertaken various visiting appointments at universities in Italy, France and the United States. The most recent was as a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Professor Ferreira has extensive experience in the fields of Corporate Finance and Governance in addition to Organisational Economics. Ferreira’s research can be found in leading academic journals and is often cited in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Financial Times, amongst others.

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Amongst other accolades, Dirk Jenter has received the following teaching awards;
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, MIT Sloan, 2007 & 2014
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2012
  • Teacher of the Year, MIT Sloan, 2005

Dirk Jenter is the lead faculty member on this LSE executive course.


Previous LSE Executive Education Courses clients include:

  • Bank of England
  • Bayer SAS
  • Sky
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Credit Suisse
  • Ernst & Young
  • European Central Bank
  • Financial Services Authority
  • Google
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • KPMG
  • Microsoft
  • Moet Hennessey
  • PwC
  • Siemens AG
  • The World Bank
  • Transport for London
  • United Nations
  • WHO
  • WTO


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